Science & Technology in Africa


  • Action Bioscience: "Origins of Modern Humans: Multiregional or Out of Africa?" (May 2001) by Donald Johanson. (American Institute of Biological Sciences, Washington, DC)
  • African Elephants
    • African Elephant Specialist Group (International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland ; Nairobi, Kenya)
      "This site provides technical resources for elephant conservation and management, developed by the AfESG and partner organizations." See especially:
      -- African Elephant Database (2012)
      "(AED) provides the most complete source of information on the numbers and distribution of the African elephant at the site, national, regional and continental levels."
      -- African elephant status report 2007. -- Gland, Switzerland: IUCN, The World Conservation Union, 2007. PDF format
    • African Parks -- Newsroom (Johannesburg, South Africa)
      "With the largest counter-poaching force in Africa, over 600 rangers are on staff, and the most amount of area under protection for any one NGO in Africa, African Parks manages 10 national parks and protected areas in seven countries covering six million hectares: Malawi, Zambia, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Chad."
    • Elephants Without Borders --- Scientific Publications (Kasane, Botswana; Buffalo, New York, USA)
      "EWB operates its’ projects and activities in the southern Africa region of the contiguous wildlife populations range between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe under the official endorsement and full support of government authorities...We use state-of-the-art technology, to monitor the movements, status and behavior of wildlife, addressing complex issues regarding wildlife ecology through research studies and sharing the results with decision makers and local communities."
    • Friends of Hwange Trust (Zimbabwe)
      "...formed on the back of the extreme drought of 2005 that severely affected Hwange National Park... Aims: To ensure that FOH does every thing in its power to prevent animal deaths owing to lack of water; to assist National Parks in carrying out their duties in terms of deployment of rangers on anti-poaching patrols; to maintain roads and fireguards in the park; to work towards a situation where there are sufficient well-distributed waterholes in Hwange National Park that pump water through eco-friendly, cost-effective means; and, to expand our efforts in conservation issues such as anti-poaching, animal rescue and research."
    • Great Elephant Census (Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Seattle, Washington, USA)
      "The Great Elephant Census is designed to provide accurate and up-to-date data about the number and distribution of African elephants by using standardized aerial surveys of tens of hundreds of thousands of square miles. Dozens of researchers flying in small planes will capture comprehensive observational data of elephants and elephant carcasses."
      --Final report: "Continent-wide survey reveals massive decline in African savannah elephants." PeerJ  August 31, 2016
    • Save the Elephants --- Projects (Nairobi, Kenya)
      "[A UK registered charity, headquartered in Nairobi] to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, the STE/WCN Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory. Leaders in elephant science, STE also provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behavior, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation.
      --See especially: Research Publications
  • African Indigenous Science and Knowledge Systems (2013) (Dr. Gloria Emeagwali, Department of History, Central Connecticut State University)
    An outline of links to other sites (including selected books available from Amazon.Com) and brief historical summaries on African history, science, and technology.
  • African Plant Database (Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Switzerland; South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, South Africa)
    A searchable database of statistics, standards of names, distribution maps of plants on the African continent, and information about publications and links to organizational websites.
  • African Technology Forum Excerpts from Sample Issues and Related Links. (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
    This site includes electronic versions of "feature articles" from selected back issues of ATF's journal (suspended in 2004), "Forum"; selected articles from other journals & conference presentations; plus related web links. "African Technology Forum is the premier source of information on science and technology in Africa. We provide practical information to corporations, individuals and institutions in the US, Africa and the rest of the world."
  • AllAfrica.Com--Business (AllAfrica Global Media, Washington, DC)
    Current and recent news from all over the African continent on business news. The principal sources of news reporting are African newspapers and news services, and UN agencies. Warning: the searchable archive for articles older than 30 days is only available through subscription.
  • All Africa Foundation: "Sustainable Africa" Internet Channel (AllAfrica Global Media, Washington, DC)
    • A portal site for news stories and public domain documents relating to "sustainable development" issues in Africa: environment, trade, debt, population, water, climate change, forests, agriculture, etc.
    • Directory of organizations (International, regional, national, and community-based)
  • Bioline International Publications: Abstracts, Full Texts for Selected Journals, and Subscriptions (Centro Referência Informação Ambiental, Brazil; Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, UK.)
    • A selection of African science journals, plus numerous others from outside of Africa, can be accessed online. There are also links to technical reports and newsletters. This is a program that allows the reader to view the abstracts and full-text of a small number of science journals without charge. However, to view online or receive full texts of other titles in this collection, paid registration is required. There are journals from Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa....including:
    • African crop science journal. (Online) -- Kampala, Uganda: Makerere University, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry ; African Crop Science Society, 1995-
    • African journal of biotechnology. (Online) -- Nairobi, Kenya: Academic Journals, Inc, 2002-
    • African journal of food and nutritional security. (Online) -- Nairobi, Kenya: Quest and Insight Publishers ; Friends-of-the Book Foundation, 2001-
    • African journal of neurological sciences. (Online) -- Nairobi, Kenya: Pan African Association of Neurological Sciences, 1995--
    • African population studies. (Online) -- Dakar, Senegal: Union for African Population Studies, 2002-
    • Ichthyological bulletin. (Online) -- Grahamstown, South Africa: J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, 1995-
    • Journal of food technology in Africa. (Online) -- Nairobi, Kenya: Innovative Institutional Communications, 2001-
  • BirdLife International on African Birds (Cambridge, UK)
    "Almost 10% of the bird species in Africa are globally threatened. BirdLife International works to secure a future for birds and people across Africa through the BirdLife Africa Programme. Most of BirdLife’s work entails the identification and conservation of threatened species and IBA sites; and the development of appropriate policies and advocacy plans related to global processes and conventions for priority habitats and ecosystems."
  • Birds of Africa on the Internet (Karen Fung, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California)
  • Climate and Environment in Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • e-Learning Africa: International Conference on ICT for Development, Education, and Training (via Berlin, Germany)
  • African Elephants (See above)
  • Energy in Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • FrogMAP -- The Atlas of African Frogs (2013) (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
    A joint project of the Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, and...: "...a citizen science project which aims to determine the distribution and conservation priorities of Amphibians on the African continent."
    --See also: Herpetological Association of Africa below
  • Health Information and Health Organizations on Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications: African Journals On-Line (Oxford, UK)
    A tables-of-contents service, with an option for full text services through paid subscription. There is also a photocopy or document delivery service for individual journal articles of some titles. The following journals are covered: Afrique et développement=Africa Development; African Crop Science Journal; African Journal of Political Science; Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia; CODESRIA Bulletin, Discovery and Innovation; Ghana Journal of Agricultural Sciences; Insect Science and its Applications; SINET:Ethiopian Journal of Science; and, Zimbabwe Veterinary Journal; and others.
  • The Internet in Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • African Mammals Databank (Gisbau, Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy)
    "...The data bank covers the whole African continent excluding Madagascar, and includes a total of 281 species, belonging to 12 orders and 28 families. The two species of rhinos (Diceros bicornis and Ceratotherium simum) were excluded because data on the last few areas in which they are found are being kept from the public and we did not want to interfere with this important decision; the elephant (Loxodonta africana) was also excluded..."
  • Maps of Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • SciDev Net--Science and Development Network on SubSaharan Africa -and- Middle East and North Africa (London, UK)
    A "news and views" portal site--in English, French, or Spanish--about science, technology and the developing world.
  • Science in Africa. (Online) -- Grahamstown, South Africa : Science in Africa, 2001-
    Current issue and back issues since January 2001. A popular monthly news magazine about scientific research and development on the African continent, plus information about funding and job opportunities and links to organizations.
  • Scientific Societies and Institutions in and on Africa
    See also: Scholarly Associations and Other Directories (General), via Columbia University Libraries.
  • SANBI--South African Biodiversity Institute (Silverton and Cape Town, South Africa)
    "The institute provides knowledge and information, gives planning and policy advice and pilots best-practice management models in partnership with stakeholders."
    --See especially: Resources: documents, atlases, databases, and links to libraries and other organizations.
  • The Working Group on Space Sciences in Africa (South African Astronomical Observatory, Foundation for Research Development, Cape Town, South Africa)
    • "[Since September 1996] The Working Group seeks to promote the development of the space sciences in Africa by initiating and coordinating various capacity-building programmes throughout the region. These programmes fall into a broad spectrum ranging from the promotion of basic scientific literacy in the space sciences to the support of international research projects."
    • WGSSA Home Page
    • African Skies. (Online) -- Cape Town, South Africa: Working Group on Space Sciences in Africa; via South African Astronomical Observatory, 1997- [ISSN 1027-8389]
  • World Data on Education = Données mondiales de l'éducation (2006) updates (UNESCO International Bureau of Education, Geneva, Switzerland)
    A library of profiles and reports on national education systems worldwide -- searchable by country. The information is based on UNESCO and government reports ; plus related links. See also: National reports for 2004 presented at the 47th International Conference on Education, 8-11 September 2004, Geneva, Switzerland.

Scientific Societies & Institutions

  • Academy of Science of South Africa (Pretoria)
    "ASSAf was inaugurated in May 1996 ...activist in its mission of using science for the benefit of society..." The web site offers information on programs, events calendar, and publications, including:
    -- Science for society. (Online) The ASSAf newsletter -- Pretoria: The Academy, 2006-
    -- South African journal of science. (Online): full text access for issues since January 2001.
  • African Academy of Sciences (Nairobi, Kenya)
    'The African Academy of Sciences was conceived on the 6th day of July 1985 when 22 prominent scientists met in Trieste, Italy, at the inauguration of the Third World Academy of Sciences TWAS) and devised the concept of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). Under the leadership of Prof. Thomas R. Odhiambo as the first elected President of the AAS, membership has grown rapidly from the initial 33 members in 1985 to 107 in 1995, representing 24 African countries and 5 countries overseas.'
  • African Centre for Biosafety (Emmarentia, South Africa)
    The site offers briefing papers, reports, press releases, and links related to the question of genetically modified agricultural crops and organisms or GMOs in Africa---including regional/country information on GMO research and applications. "[The centre] was conceived in response to the assessed urgent need to address the actual and potential risks posed by genetic engineering on the African continent by campaigning for GMOs to be subject to the most stringent biosafety measures."
  • African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) (Nairobi, Kenya)
    "The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is an international inter-governmental policy research and training organization... The Centre's activities focus on the implementation of Agenda 21 and related conventions on biological diversity, climate change and desertification."
  • African Crop Science Society (Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; El Minna, Egypt)
    • African crop science journal. (Online) via Bioline International. -- Campinas, Brazil: Published for the African Crop Science Society by Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental ; Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto, 1995-2003.
  • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Kigali, Rwanda ; Cape Town, South Africa)
    "The Institute is initially focussed on a one-year, postgraduate course covering many of the most exciting areas of modern science, taught by outstanding African and international lecturers. The course aims to develop strong mathematical and computing problem-solving skills and will lead to a Post-graduate Diploma in the Mathematical Sciences..."
  • "Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa: Fostering Innovation+--Conference and Exhibition, May 13-15, 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Co-sponsored by Addis Ababa University--Institute for Science and Sustainable Development, Addis Ababa; Harvard University--Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  • ARIMA: Revue africaine de la recherche en informatique et mathématiques appliquées. (Online) -- Paris, France: Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA), 2002--.  --via
    << La revue est née d'une collaboration scientifique Nord/Sud menée depuis plus de dix ans dans le sillage des activités CARI (Colloque Africain pour la Recherche en Informatique). >>
  • African Economic Research, Associations, Directories, Banks, & Other Institutions (via "Business and Economic Information on Africa", Columbia University Libraries)
  • African Mathematical Union = Union Mathematique Africaine (via Dr. Scott W. Williams, Department of History, State University of New York, Buffalo)
    • General information about AMU, an organization formed in 1986, is offered here. The web site also provides access to the archives of the online newsletter on the history of Mathematics in Africa and links to related collections.
    • AMUCHMA newsletter. (Online) -- Buffalo, New York: African Mathematical Union Commission on the History of Mathematics, 1987-
    • AMU Commission on Women (est. 1986).
  • African Medical Research Foundation (Nairobi, Kenya)
    This site offers news and other information about AMREF programmes (including "Flying Doctor Service") -- with offices in 4 countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa. "AMREF is Africa's largest indigenous health charity, and for 44 years in partnership with local communities, governments and donors, has worked to research and alleviate Africa's health problems."
  • African Networks for Health Research and Development (AFRONETS) (Sponsored by SATELLIFE, Watertown, Massachusetts)
    A clearinghouse website for news, announcements, contact information, e-mail contributions, and online documents from newsletters on malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, other diseases and health issues facing African populations. "An electronic conference for the 'African Networks for Health Research & Development'...established in 1997 to facilitate exchange of information..."
  • African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (via UNESCO, Nairobi, Kenya)
  • African Scientific Network (2009) (via Dept. of Physics, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro)
    This website offers links to science-related programs, conferences, institutions, and fora among African scientists in and outside of Africa.
  • AfricaRice: Africa Rice Center = Centre du Riz pour l'Afrique (Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire)
    In September 2009, the West Africa Rice Development Association was renamed "Africa Rice Center".
    [The Center] a leading pan-African research organization with a mission to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa through research, development and partnership activities. It is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)...created in 1971 by 11 African countries. Today its membership comprises 24 countries, covering West, Central, East and North African regions..."
    --Bibliography of AfricaRice publications, 1991-2015 ; Current news (2017) ; News Briefs (2013)  
  • Association for the Development of Education in Africa = L'association pour le développement de l'éducation en Afrique (Paris, France)
    "The ADEA was established at the initiative of the World Bank in 1988. Its objective was to foster collaboration and coordination between development agencies in support of education in Africa. ADEA now focuses on developing partnerships between Ministers of Education and funding agencies..."
  • Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas
    This site offers general information about ANPA, its annual conferences, and related events and activities.
  • CARI--Colloque Africain sur la Recherche en Informatique et en Mathématiques Appliquées = African Conference on Research in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics (France)
    --Veuillez voir surtout: CARI'2020, Octobre 2020, Thiés, Sénégal
  • The Pan Africa Chemistry Network Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)
    "...partnership with GSK to enhance analytical science skills across Africa. Through this partnership we will train over 400 scientists in key analytical techniques by 2020...we run training courses in Ethiopia,Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, with delegates from all across Africa."
  • CSIR--Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Pretoria, South Africa)
    "...a world-class African research and development organisation...undertakes directed, multidisciplinary research and technological innovation that contributes to the improved quality of life of South Africans."
    --See especially: Publications -and- News
  • Federation of African Societies of Chemistry Established in 2006 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) (Nairobi, Kenya)
    • General information about FAWE and its activities, plus contact information for national chapters. "The Forum for African Women [FAWE] ... brings together African women ministers in charge of national education systems, women vice chancellors of universities and other senior women policy makers in education in Africa. Founded in 1992, and registered in Kenya as a pan-African NGO in 1993, FAWE has 56 full members drawn from 30 African countries, 25 associate members comprising male ministers of education and permanent secretaries ... to stimulate broad policy reform and create a conducive environment for increasing parental demand for girls' education."
  • Herpetological Association of Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Inter-African Phytosanitary Council = Conseil Phytosanitaire Interafricain (Yaoundé, Cameroun)
    The site offers information about the council and its activities, including conferences; some information in French.
    --See also, the IAPC newsletter: Phytosanitairy News Bulletin
  • International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists, Africa Chapter (Nairobi, Kenya)
    Established in May 2006, the IAALD Africa Chapter sponsors annual conferences, fora, and a news blog.
    --See also: "Towards Opening Access to Information & Knowledge in the Agricultural Sciences and Technology in Africa," 13-17 July 2009, Accra, Ghana
  • Mathematicians of the African Diaspora, Archive (2008) (Dr. Scott W. Williams, Department of Mathematics, State University of New York, Buffalo)
    This directory includes African mathematicians from the African continent.
  • Medical Research Council of South Africa (Tygerberg, South Africa)
  • National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, Nigeria Established in 1988
  • NASAC--The Network of African Science Academies (Karen, Nairobi, Kenya)
    "NASAC’s main objective is to bring together science academies and facilitate discussions on the scientific aspects of challenges of common concern, so as to make common statements on major issues relevant to Africa and to provide mutual support to member Academies."
    --See especially: Resources
  • PASCAR--Pan African Society of Cardiology (Cape Town, South Africa)
    "PASCAR had its beginnings in 1981 in Badagry, Nigeria in response to the total lack of interest in cardiovascular disorders by many health authorities on the continent...In March 1989...[PASCAR created] 5 regional bodies (East, West, Central, North and South)."
    --See also: Highlights from Cardiovascular journal of Africa. (Online)
  • Société d'Entomologie africaine (Chênée, Belgium)
    Ce site est en français ou en anglais. "S.E.A. est une société entomologique axée sur les Coléoptères et Lépidoptères. La société a été crée en 1994. Depuis 1996, on publiait la revue, Entomologia Africana.
  • Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA) (via Rice University, Houston, Texas)
  • Society of South African Geographers (via University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
    "The Society of South African Geographers was founded in 1994 when the (then) Society for Geography and South African Geographical Society joined together..."
  • Soil Science Society of South Africa (Noordstad, South Africa)
  • SOMA-Net: Social Science and Medicine Africa Network (Nairobi, Kenya)
    General information about SOMA-Net, conferences and other activities since 1995, and contact information on council members in different African countries. "To establish long-term holistic and sustainable solutions to health in Africa; by encouraging, facilitating and supporting research..."
  • SAEON--South African Environmental Observation Network
    This site offers recent news on South African environmental concerns, information on conferences, etc.
    See especially: SAEON newsletter. (Online)
  • South African Society for Animal Science (Hatfield, South Africa)
    The website includes information on events, online issues of the South African Journal of Animal Science, online paper series, contact information of members in the South African Association of Professional Animal Scientists, and related links especially in the field of livestock production.
  • South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS) (via University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Sudan Knowledge (London and Brighton, UK)
    "...a global forum that brings together experts from across the world to discuss issues relating to sustainable development, science and technology management in Sudan..."
    --See especially: SK Library of journal articles and book chapters
    --Plus: Diaspora 2017, 4th International Conference, University of East London, London, UK, July 8-9, 2017
  • United Nations Division for Sustainable Development: "Seminar on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Africa = Séminaire sur la mine artisanale et la mine à petite échelle en Afrique", Yaoundé, Cameroon, 19-22 November 2002: Programme and Report. Co-sponsored by the United Nations and the International Center for Training and Exchanges in the Geosciences. (New York)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa: ESTNET: Science & Technology Network (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
    A portal site for organizations, conferences, and projects in Africa; with country level information.
  • USGS--United States Geological Survey on Africa (Reston, Virginia)
    • International Programs: EMIS, FEWS NET/ADDS, Madagascar Conservation, Rift Valley Fever, Sahel Land Use, etc.
    • Earthquake Information for Africa (via Earthquake Hazards Program, Reston, Virginia ; and National Earthquake Information Center, Denver, Colorado)
      See: "Magnitude 6.8 --Lake Tanganyika Region, Congo-Tanzania" (December 5, 2005)
      Part of Earthquake news & highlight archives.
  • Zimbabwe Medical Graduates Worldwide (via BT Internet, British Telecommunications)
    "This website should help MBChB and B.Pharm (Hons) graduates of the University of Zimbabwe's Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine keep in touch with each other. A standard entry contains name, E-mail address, year of qualification, city of residence, and a non-residential phone or fax number. There are links to sites in Zimbabwe and to Medical & Other sites, and a Photo Library of Zimbabwean Wildlife and Scenery."
  • Zoological Society of Southern Africa (South Africa)
    The site includes information about the organization and its activities, links to South African universities offering Zoology degrees, related links, a newsletter, and the society's subscription-based journal, African zoology